Copyright (c) 2000 Jianying Ji
Ji's initial idea can be summarized in the following desire: [to build a game where] each piece can move [and capture] exactly as far orthogonally as there are pieces around it regardless who those pieces belongs to. This very simple concept was worked out, and finally The Way of Go (or simply TWoG), a game that was seeking advise was born.
The game uses a 19x19 Go board, or for faster games a 13x13 board. The game starts with an empty board.
The top position is very threatening to Black. Black must drop a stone adjacent to the White stone, just to sacrifice h9, in order to prevent White moving to cell , where White can attack 3 Black stones.
Ji send me another solution: instead of sacrificing h9 by placing adjacent to white stone, black should place a stone at g11, which denies any liberty to white, thus making it immobile, if it chooses to jump to g10. However if there is a white piece on g12, then black can't place on g11 without losing g9. In which case black is better served placing next to white.
The bottom position is weak for White. All 3 stones have range 8, and he cannot directly defend a Black dropping at one of the  cells.
|The Art of Siege
White moved F2, J5-E5
White attacks stone F5. Black cannot place an adjacent stone near F2 (another stone is captured) and there are no safe cells to move F5 (can you see why?).
TWoG has many subtleties. Each player must try to surround chains of enemy stones in order to prevent them to escape when an attack begins. Placing stones near enemy ones, limit their ranges and make them more vulnerable. Grouping stones can be interesting to make longer attacks, but their short range defenses become weaker. Ji opinion about groups: In fact in TWoG, I think it is unlikely anyone can build a sustained group that is made by more than two pieces for this exact reason. So larger groups in TWoG would be 'snaky' with many turns. And most of the time larger groups are only 'outlined' like how in hex, many connections are not made until the end or when it was advantageous to do so. So the threat to create a larger group is perhaps more important.
Ji and me discussed an extra rule to TWoG, which is the ability of stacking stones, giving rise to different ranges on the same cell (since each stone of the stack may have different ranges). Adjacent stacks interfere with each other. Ji is currently working on the game, on his www.planetlude.com intriguing website.
Other possible interesting variant is the ability to push a friendly stone placed on the destiny cell (and possibly capturing adjacent enemy stones). In the figure, if White moves M8-M5, it would push M5 to M4, and so capturing the Black stone at M4.
After some time, Ji worked on a new set of rules for TWoG, which was renamed BeSiege, with the following modifications:
|Stones can only be dropped on neutral positions, i.e. positions neither attacked by white nor attacked by black.|
|Eliminate the contract. Game ends when one player has no legal move left. The winner is the one with more captures.|
|A player may move a piece onto friendly pieces to form stacks. the same applies to stacks.|
|The distance that a chosen stack moves,
is equal to the liberties of the lowest stone in the stack.
The top B3 piece can go 4 spaces away since it has no neighbors on that level. the top two pieces together of B3 can go 6 moves away, and the whole stack on B3 can go 5 moves away due to the black piece on C3.
|Upon capture of stacks, the difference of the two stacks remain.|